Monday, May 16, 2016

Supplemental Budget Conference Committee Scheduled for Today.  With less than 168 hours until the last bill can be passed, the supplemental budget conference committee is heading back into public deliberations in the next hour.  It is difficult to know what will be covered and how much progress will be made.  It appears that the lynchpin is the transportation issue.  At least that is what was reported in the StarTribune yesterday.   There is a lot of ground to cover, but as I waxed last week, with the technology available today, bills can be thrown together very quickly.  It doesn't leave a lot of time for floor debate or public input, but I'm getting ahead of myself.  There's no indication yet of what the various targets will be for any areas of the budget due to uncertainty surrounding the size of what a transportation package might cost.  If and when that decision is made, taxes and bonding would likely be next in line in the determination of targets with the supplemental bill number falling in after that.  Makes for an interesting process.

Here is a link to the StarTribune article on the transportation negotiations:  Budget Negotiations Article

So, as we continue down the path toward the end of the session, how about another song with "wait" in the title from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall & Oates:

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